U.K. Court Demands ‘Glee’ Name Change


Glee” may be getting a name change in the U.K.

Britain’s High Court ruled on Friday that Twentieth Century Fox must rename the show as it breaches the trademark of The Glee Club comedy chain, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Roger Wyland ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises, which owns The Glee Club, to prevent confusion between the two brands. Fox plans to appeal the decision, claiming that altering the name would be “unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate.”

Although the final sum is indeterminate, Wyland ordered Fox to make an interim payment of $170,000.

“I find it hard to believe that the cost of the re-titling and publicizing of the new name would be so prohibitive compared to the value of the series,” Wyland said. “I was told many times during the course of the trial how this series is a ‘blockbuster.’”

Fox stressed in a statement that the renaming is pending a Court of Appeals decision.

“We are pleased that the trial judge agreed to let the Appeal Court rule before ordering any relief that would adversely affect fans’ enjoyment of Glee in the U.K.” Fox said in a statement. “We look forward to the next stage of this case and remain confident in the merits of our argument.”

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  1. David says:

    This is ridiculous. The name “The Glee Club” is generic. How many other groups call themselves “Glee Clubs”? and “The Glee Club” was certainly not the first. The name “Glee” differentiates itself from any group calling itself “Glee Club” and is unique. This is either a very bad decision or very bad lawyering. Shame on the UK’s legal system.

  2. Kristi says:

    When BBCA promoted their show, The Choir, they used a for fans of Glee reference and did not have to state it is not to be confused with the Glee Club. Last time I went to London , the Glee CDs were for sale there but not The Glee Clubs. Does the movie Python have to change it’s name so it is not mistaken for Monty Python?

  3. ten23 says:

    @Kevin. It’s called “Downton Abbey” not Downtown Abbey”, You idiottic boob. ;)

  4. Kevin says:

    Alrighty, I know a few companies that have the word “Downtown” in their names. time to give that troublesome Abbey a title makeover, yes?

  5. CNU says:

    This Wyland must believe his fellow UK citizenry are complete idiots if he truly thinks people would confuse a TV series with a comedy club.
    Also if you’re going to name your using a well known phrase for a type of singing group, you’re an idiot.
    Furthermore, when I searched “The Glee Club” on WIkipedia, there were results for an Irish rock band that predates the club play that came after, however if you just search “Glee” the results are all pretain to the show.
    There is, to my mind, a high possibility this decision will be overturned on appeal.

  6. cc says:

    How about calling it “Wyland Sucks”?

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